Peter Walker has more than 40 years’ experience teaching chess in a variety of schools. A qualified teacher since 1975, he has always run school clubs and, in the 1990s, when his own children showed promise, he took over as Junior Organiser for the Essex Chess Association.


Not long afterwards he was a founder of the Essex Junior Chess Association and it was under his tutelage as Chief Coach that Essex became a feared force in Junior Chess (other counties’ parents referred to the “Essex Mafia”). They won many National County Titles in various age groups, and a number of players won individual National Championships and went on to represent England at the European and World Championships. His association with Temple Sutton Primary School led to no fewer than four National Schools’ Championships and victories against Grammar and Public Schools which were reported in the Times and Daily Telegraph.


His own playing standard was that of strong club player, and he had occasional forays into County chess. Although now retired from competitive chess and his County organisational commitments, in recent years he has concentrated on a small number of schools, mostly in the Southend area, and his students continue to achieve impressive results.